16 Oct Telegraph: Today’s rugby players want to find the soul of a country – we just found the nearest bar

For every player, standing on the pitch representing your country at a World Cup, the experience is completely different. There are some who don’t remember a thing about match days. They go to some faraway place. They know the brutal nature of the sport and they’re ready for pain.

I, on the other hand, loved it. I loved looking up and around. And while some people say that’s why I was so inconsistent – because I didn’t concentrate on the job – I can remember everything. I could tell you what music was playing, where my mum was sat, where my mates were, what was going on, the detail of the stadiums, everything.

Everything has been leading up to that point – you’re well fed, well rested, without…

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